{guatemala} tikal, take 2

October 23, 2017

The whole reason for going to Guatemala this (second) time was to visit Tikal (for me, again). I have to say, even though it was my second time here, I was still mesmerized by the amazing temples, pyramids, and structures that the Maya people built. I especially love how Tikal is currently located in the middle of the jungle so you feel like perhaps this was how the Maya people lived too, though I can’t confirm that at all … it’s just what I imagine. I also like that we’re still able to climb up onto many of the structures unlike many places in the United States where you can only look at ancient ruins.

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eatsflores for a day

A Tikal, Guatemala photo adventure:

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[good reads] blue frog

October 22, 2017

At school, we have been celebrating Latino Heritage Month. Our theme this year was IndiginoUS to help us think about the indigenous cultures in Latin America that have contributed to our culture today. Due to this theme, my class has been learning about the Inca, Maya, and Aztec peoples. One of the stories we read was Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate by Dianne De Las Casa. It’s actually both a Maya and Aztec legend and the students loved learning about the Sun God, Wind God, and how the Wind God turned into a blue frog then hold humans about Cocoa beans and thus chocolate. At the end of the week (on Friday) I even shared some chocolate with my students. It was clearly their favorite part about this entire month! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy eating some chocolate at school?!?

Since we were already on the western edge of Belize, we decided to take a short trip into Guatemala, especially since my friend had never been to Tikal before. I had a few years ago, because it wasn’t going to hurt me to visit again. On the way to Tikal, we stayed in Flores, Petén for a night or two, not very long at all. Flores is actually a small (almost) island in the middle of a lake. It’s the strangest town because there are cobblestone streets, it’s quite touristy, and yet very much not so in certain parts. From the pictures, it looks like we spent the most of our time eating in Flores. That’s probably true … eating and enjoying the beautiful lake!

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eats

A Flores, Guatemala photo adventure:

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eats

[room 209m] botanicals

October 19, 2017

Yesterday, my class went on a fun field trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. I love this field trip because the students get a chance to be completely surrounded by nature. We’re at a school that has blacktops for recess and a fake grass field so it’s always a treat to see so much real greenery. Of course, they’re always obsessed with the water and completely unimpressed with the flora and fauna. It’s always the worst field trip because it’s essentially hours of walking straight and, let me tell you, these kids have the stamina of babies. They complained so much! Grrr …

A botanical photo adventure: